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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:59 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bills Filed To Stop Local Bans On Oil And Gas Production

Hundreds gathered at a public meeting in Oklahoma City to hear about an oil company's proposal to drill near Lake Hefner.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Several bills filed for the upcoming 2015 legislate session rein in the power cities and counties have to regulate drilling and oil and gas production.

The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:

At least eight bills have been filed that would stop cities and counties from banning drilling operations, including proposals from top leaders in the House and Senate.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:35 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Permit Process Used To Scrutinize Wells In Earthquake Country, Industry Remains Silent

Oil-field workers in November 2014 tending to American Energy-Woodford's Judge South well near Perkins, Okla., shortly after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered it temporarily shut-in.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to rattle Oklahoma and scientists study links to oil and gas production, many Oklahomans want to know what, if anything, is being done to address the shaking.

An investigation by StateImpact shows that while authorities are quietly scrutinizing wells in quake-prone parts of the state, most of the companies that operate the wells are staying silent.

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Energy
1:31 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Controversial Coal Regulations Pit Wyoming Against EPA

Energy worker Brandon Allee shoots pool at Jake's Tavern in Gillette, WY. (Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy)

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 2:05 pm

Each person in the U.S. uses 20 pounds of coal every day. Since 1986, about 40 percent of America’s coal continues to come from Wyoming. It’s a lot of coal, especially considering that some label the United States as the “Saudi Arabia of coal.”

As a Republican dominated Congress settles into Washington, they are taking over key Senate committees dealing with energy.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:50 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Oklahoma Oil-Field Workers, Economists Hope Crashing Crude Prices A Blip, Not A Bust

Chad Igo owns Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., which delievers food to workers in the oil patch.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The sign on the front door says “closed,” but Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., is open for business. Out back, a tractor-trailer is being unloaded. Giant cans of green beans, tomatoes and mushrooms are hauled inside, where they’re sorted and stacked on metal shelves.

In the kitchen, Jennifer Etris pours a carton of buttermilk into a giant bowl and stirs.

“I cheat,” she says. “I use two of these ranch dressing mixes instead of one. It is known all over the world, my ranch dressing.”

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5:53 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Shaken More Than 560 Times, Oklahoma Is Top State For Quakes In 2014

Oklahoma had a fivefold surge in earthquakes last year, making it by far the most seismically active state in the Lower 48, EnergyWire reports:
  • Source: Eenews
  • | Via: Mike Soraghan
Oklahoma had a fivefold surge in earthquakes last year, making it by far the most seismically active state in the Lower 48. The Sooner State was shaken by 564 quakes of magnitude 3 and larger, compared with only 100 in 2013, according to an EnergyWire analysis of federal earthquake data.
StateImpact Oklahoma
7:12 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Norman Residents Want Input To Oil And Gas Drilling Regulations

Demonstrators outside the Norman City Hall before a city council committee met to discuss changes to oil and gas drilling rules.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

About 60 demonstrators gathered in front of the Norman City Hall Wednesday evening before the city council’s oversight committee met to discuss changes to the Norman’s oil and gas drilling regulations.

The Central Oklahoma Clean Water Coalition hosted the rally. Organizer Casey Holcolm says the current ordinances were written before fracking became so widespread.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:57 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Oklahoma City Residents Question Lake Hefner Drilling Plan At Contentious Public Meeting

A representative for Pedestal Oil Company explains the Lake Hefner drilling proposal to a crowd gathered in the Ed Lycan Conservatory at Will Rogers Gardens.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

A rowdy crowd of concerned residents shouted at city officials and questioned representatives of an oil company at a Thursday night meeting about a proposal to drill near Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.

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Around the Nation
4:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

Susan and Bill Dunavan own 80 acres of land in York County.
Melissa Block NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:46 pm

Drive down gravel Road 22 in Nebraska's York County, past weathered farmhouses and corn cut to stubble in rich, black loam soil, and you'll find a small barn by the side of the road.

Built of native ponderosa pine, the barn is topped with solar panels. A windmill spins furiously out front.

Known as the Energy Barn, it's a symbol of renewable energy, standing smack on the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline — a project of the energy giant TransCanada.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:45 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Scrutiny Of Subsidies Could Test The Economics Of Wind Energy In Oklahoma

NextEra Renewable Energy Resources' wind farm near Elk City, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The 2015 session is still months away, but the newly elected Oklahoma Legislature has already started talking about how to divvy up roughly $7 billion in state appropriations.

Some prominent lawmakers are promising to re-examine tax credits and economic incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of those incentives are used for wind energy, which the industry says are working.

Big Wind

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:26 am
Tue December 2, 2014

State Regulators: Stricter Ozone Standard Would Be Hard For Oklahoma To Meet

Ozone is a major contributor to smog, seen here blanketing Los Angeles.
Credit Pieter Edelman / Flickr

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for stricter ozone standards has been praised by environmentalists as a step in the right direction and derided by industry groups, which argue the rules will cost jobs and lead to higher prices for electricity and natural gas.

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